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Battleground New Jersey


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Prologue         Power Doesn't Corrupt: It Reveals

Chapter 1        Sadie’s Saga

Chapter 2        Roseville’s Prodigy

Chapter 3        The Lawyer as Public Person

Chapter 4        A Force in Four Worlds

Chapter 5        Up from the Horseshoe

Chapter 6        The Celtic Chieftain

Chapter 7        Clean Government versus Hagueism

Chapter 8        Box 96: Arthur and David

Chapter 9        The Inventor’s Son

Chapter 10      The Archbishop Shows His Gratitude

Chapter 11      Haddonfield’s Mensch

Chapter 12      Things Get Curious

Chapter 13      Summer at Rutgers

Chapter 14      The Chief

Chapter 15      The Chief Supreme




About the Author

NELSON JOHNSON is best known for his award-winning New York Times bestseller, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, which inspired the HBO series, and most recently Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City.  


"Breaking new ground, Nelson Johnson gives a colorful account of the relationship between Frank Hague and Arthur Vanderbilt, leading to the adoption of the 1947 N.J. Constitution. This is a good read and an important book for anyone interested in N.J. history."
*Governor Thomas H. Kean*

"Nelson Johnson’s Battleground New Jersey takes a fresh look at the personal and political forces that brought the New Jersey Court system from a hodgepodge of ancient rules and 'Dickensian absurdity' to what ultimately became a judicial model envied throughout the country. The book is a compelling narrative that both illuminates and entertains."
*Hon. L. Anthony Gibson, J.S.C. (Ret.)*

"Nelson Johnson’s new book is a must for anyone interested not only in two of the most important New Jersey political actors in 20th century New Jersey (including new information on Arthur Vanderbilt) but also in the formative political events in those years that still affect us today."
*Rutgers University School of Law, Camden*

"Battleground New Jersey is an enjoyable romp through an important era about which most people know little. Nelson Johnson brings to life people and events for which we have, at best, a hazy image. His balanced presentation of the two principals, Arthur Vanderbilt and Frank Hague—conflicting in character as they are—is a reflection of his thorough research." 
*Governor James J. Florio*

"Johnson...disproves the theory that a book about the judiciary can't be crackling good."
*New York Law Journal*

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